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In the fall of 2012, the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation hosted a firm-in-residence: Design- Lab Architects of Boston, Massachusetts, which taught a graduate architectural design studio with a focus on adapting historic properties as a catalyst for community revitalization. The case study for the semester was Adams Memorial Library, located in Central Falls, Rhode Island.


The library spaces that were deemed most successful by the education students were those completed by the Robin Hood Foundation, which frequently rehabilitates underutilized spaces in inner-city schools to insert interactive, colorful and children-friendly library and learning spaces. Some shared suggestions to ensure such children- friendly accessibility were low bookshelves with book covers facing outwards, engaging and lively color schemes and comfortable furnishings.